Pediatric otogenic cerebral venous sinus thrombosis: A case report and a literature review

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Background: Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis in children is a rare but potentially fatal complication of acute mastoiditis, one of the most common pediatric infectious diseases. Due to its subtle clinical presentation, suspicion is essential for a prompt diagnosis and appropriate management. Unfortunately, no standard treatment options are available. To discuss the possible clinical presentation, microbiology, and management, we here report the case of a child with otogenic cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and perform a literature review starting from 2011. Case presentation: The child, a 10-months-old male, presented clinical signs of right acute otitis media and mastoiditis. Brain computed tomography scan detected right sigmoid and transverse sinus thrombosis, as well as a subperiosteal abscess. Fusobacterium necrophorum and Haemophilus Influentiae were detected on cultural sampling. A multidisciplinary approach along with a combination of medical and surgical therapy allowed the patient's full recovery. Conclusion: Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is a rare but severe complication of acute otitis media and mastoiditis. The management of this pathological condition is always challenging and an interdisciplinary approach is frequently required. Current therapeutic options include a combination of medical and surgical therapy. A patient-centered approach should guide timing and treatment management.




Castellazzi, M. L., Di Pietro, G. M., Gaffuri, M., Torretta, S., Conte, G., Folino, F., … Marchisio, P. (2020, September 3). Pediatric otogenic cerebral venous sinus thrombosis: A case report and a literature review. Italian Journal of Pediatrics. BioMed Central Ltd.

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